Homeless woman, two men arrested on drug trafficking charges in WB

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — Narcotic officers with city police and state police arrested a homeless woman and two men from Philadelphia after they allegedly sold crack cocaine in the area of Livingston Lane and South Washington Street.

Authorities allegedly seized a large amount of heroin, crack cocaine and multiple cell phones after the arrests of Alicia Caldwell, 30, Julian Ruffin, 31, and Lechan Myers, 30, on Tuesday night.

According to criminal complaints:

Arrangements were made to buy crack cocaine from a man known as “Kelly.” Authorities were directed to Livingston Lane where they spotted Caldwell, Ruffin and Myers arrive in a Volvo SUV just before 2 p.m.

When cash was exchanged for crack cocaine, authorities moved in to arrest the three in the SUV that sped away and turned into a closed parking lot.

Myers fled the vehicle and tossed a bag which contained 125 heroin packets, 14 grams of crack cocaine and prescription pills.

Myers was arrested after he was stunned by a Taser during a struggle.

Ruffin, meanwhile, was found in possession of 96 heroin packets.

Caldwell, who was seated in the rear seat, is the owner of the Volvo.

Caldwell, Ruffin and Myers were arraigned Tuesday night by District Judge James Haggerty in Kingston.

Caldwell was charged with criminal conspiracy with intent to deliver a controlled substance. She was jailed for lack of $5,000 bail.

Ruffin was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy with intent to deliver a controlled substance and fleeing or attempting to elude police. He was jailed for lack of $100,000 bail.

Myers was charged with five counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, two counts of criminal conspiracy with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and one count each of possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and resisting arrest. He was jailed for lack of $150,000 bail.

Caldwell
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Myers
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_Lechan-Myers-06132018.jpgMyers

Ruffin
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_Julian-Ruffin-06132018.jpgRuffin

By Ed Lewis

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